Candidates for Westfield Village Trustee - Vote for two
Robert C. Cochran
I am seeking re-election for my third term as a Village Trustee. I have been endorsed by the Democratic Party as well as the Westfield First Independent Party.
Robert C. Cochran
I graduated from Westfield Academy School and then earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the State University of New York at Cobleskill. I majored in ornamental horticulture, landscape architecture. While at Cobleskill, I studied numerous business related courses, such as business law, firm management and economics and graduated top of my class.
My wife Stacy and I own and operate Midway Garden Center and Misty Ridge Landscaping. These A+ rated businesses are thriving in these hard economic times, and we have been able to add more staff to our companies over the past five years through strategic business management.
I enjoyed my past two terms as Village Trustee where responsibilities involved keeping a eye on the economics of our village as well as participating in sound financial discussions to ensure Westfield remains a affordable and enjoyable place to call home.
I am a Member of the Local Moose Lodge 118, The Vikings Lodge, The National Federation of Independent Business and the Better Business Bureau. My wife Stacy is a member of The Union Relief. We are lifetime residents of Westfield and enjoy living in Westfield with our two children, Lauren and Tyler.
I would like to see all the residents of Westfield come out and vote on Tuesday, March 19. It is one's duty as a citizen to vote and become educated on today's current events. Our country is changing daily, and it is so important to get involved. Feel free to participate in our monthly board meetings, where there's open dialogue on the current issues and changes in local laws, etc. These meetings are open to the public and this is where questions should be asked to receive appropriate answers in a timely matter.
As your Trustee, I will listen and contribute to solving issues facing our community. My decisions will continue to be based on financial responsibility and good government necessary to achieve the goals of village residents.
For the past seven years, I have served as Village Trustee and six years as Deputy Mayor. I have not missed one meeting during that time and have shown my dedication to the job for which I was elected. I am committed to making Westfield a great place to live and work and ask for your vote on Tuesday, March 19.
Employed at Renold, Inc., for 39 years and work as Manufacturing Supervisor
Member of Westfield United Methodist Church
Member of Westfield Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 118
President of Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club for five years
Graduate of Westfield Academy and Central School
Attended Jamestown Community College
Village Liaison to the Volunteer Westfield Fire Department
Lifetime Westfield resident, wife Rita, children Brenda, Clayton, Callie and Andrea, five grandchildren
Member of Chautauqua County Corvette Club
I was born in Westfield, raised in Mayville, and have lived in the Village of Westfield the last 14 years. I am married to Mark Puckhaber and have three grown daughters - two are Westfield Academy and Central School graduates - and three step children. I am also the grandmother of eight.
I worked in Albany as a Legislative Assistant and Constituent Liaison for Assemblyman William Parment. I have also been a legal secretary, an in-home eldercare provider and an Executive Manager with Tupperware where I recruited, trained and supervised a 23-person team. I have been a citizen advocate for the disabled and have researched, written and coordinated services for individuals in need of legal and personal help in our area. I have also worked as Personal Financial Analyst with Primerica Financial services where I counseled families on budgeting and financial planning.
I was a founding member of the Westfield New Year's Eve Committee, which donated thousands of dollars to local non-profit groups in Westfield. I am an Advanced, Certified Self Defense Instructor, hold a Third Degree Black belt in Escrima/Arnis and have taught seminars and classes in self defense at Erie Community College, WACS, the YWCA and other local programs. I have also been a speaker and advocate against domestic violence in Chautauqua County through my association with Catholic Charities. I am also a new member of Westfield Union Relief. I believe my diverse background has given me a strong set of skills in the legislative process, legal research, financial planning, and listening to and addressing the concerns of others.
I am very excited about the candidates for this village election. I believe it is time for a fresh perspective - including that of a woman. I look forward to lending my years of experience to the citizens of Westfield as a Trustee on the Village Board. I encourage you again, as I did last year, to get out there and vote. Be the change you want to see.
Relocating from Northern Virginia, Thomas and Lesley Rackowski, along with their sons Andrew and Brandon, now call Westfield home.
In the fall of 2005, he and his wife purchased a home in the Village of Westfield. Also that year, they purchased a 30-acre farm in Portland. Over the past seven years, they have become active members of the community.
Rackowski and his wife formed a New York LLC, Pillowcasegram and Other Things, LLC, which now operates as an Internet retail seller of fabrics and other sewn goods, and they are members of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. Rackowski is a member of the Westfield Fish and Game Club. He and his wife enjoy strolls through the Westfield Farmers' Market. They always make an effort to first support village merchants, and they have been supporters of Westfield Memorial Hospital. In addition, they can be seen at fundraising dinners held at the YWCA or one of the many churches located in the village. And this past November, they opened their house to the Westfield Women's Organization's Holly Tour.
Rackowski was born in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 17, 1951 and brings to his candidacy for Village Trustee 40 years of experience in business and community service. Rackowski has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Old Dominion University. His career in corporate accounting includes 32 years with The IDI Group of Companies, a major Washington, D.C. area real estate developer, where he served as Vice President and Controller, and was responsible for overseeing all the company's accounting functions, including cash management and budget forecasting. As a volunteer working directly with youth, he assisted with the high school youth group at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Vienna, Va., and served in various leadership roles with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from den leader to scoutmaster. He served as the Parent Teacher Association's representative to the Fairfax County School Board of Education's budget advisory committee for Wolftrap Elementary School in Vienna, Va. With the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, he served as the first district commissioner of the George Mason District and later served the NCAC as an assistant council commissioner. His hobbies include golf, fishing, hunting and decoy duck carving.
As a Trustee, Rackowski feels he can bring a strong sense of fiscal responsibility and a belief in a prosperous future for children to the Village of Westfield by encouraging new industry in the area. The library, parks, school, hospital, the McClurg House and Museum and retail establishments all contribute to the quality of life here in Westfield, and Rackowski is committed to all the people here by supporting all these amenities. Rackowski tells people he meets that when he first came to the area, he fell in love with the land. Shortly after that, he says, he fell in love with the people here in the community.